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 Issue 137, 18 February 2004
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Spring campaign for Boing Boing«
Totally wired«
Impetus gym opens«
Bionic cat that inspired a £1 million programme«
Plant power helps to solve future energy needs«
UK-Japan Young Scientists at Imperial«
Business Challenge... to secure £25,000«
PhD student's travel grant«
The man who hates computers«
In Brief«
Media Mentions«
What's on«

Bionic cat that inspired a £1 million programme

MIAMI Science Museum director Gillian Thomas visited Imperial last week to finalise details of a £1 million museum programme proposal to the National Science Foundation which uses Boing Boing to teach the American public about nanotechnology.

image: Boing Boing the Bioinc Cat

The national Nanotechnology Centre will be located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory which has agreed to be a partner in the Boing Boing museum project entitled The Adventures of Boing Boing the Bioinc Cat.

Science advisers for the project include Tim Jones, professor of chemistry, John Kilner, head of materials (chair), Chris Toumazou, head of bioengineering, and Molly Stevens, lecturer in biomaterials and tissue engineering.

A proposed 2,000sq ft travelling exhibit will feature two functioning models of Boing Boing which incorporates interactive demonstrations of nanotechnology, such as sensors, bionic eyes and ears, microprocessors, and energy sources.

The exhibit will focus on three Boing Boing stories to illustrate to the public how nanotechnology works.

How nanotechnology helps save a space station will be based on Boing Boing book six, while another, how nanotechnology can help the bionic cat save explorers lost in the Amazon rainforest, is taken from book seven.

It involves Bit-bit the bionic butterfly carrying out a search pattern and beaming information down to Boing Boing.

The third story, taken from book five, uses a newly discovered pyramid, a funeral barge and a Boing Boing, complete with maze solving magnetic sensors.

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